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  1. I just left it running all night and eventually the final 66 went through. I just have to learn to be patient.
  2. Never mind. I just posted this and the process which was running in another window just started up again and seems to be running normally. Something cleared on its own I guess. But only for one file. Stuck again.
  3. I started an upload this evening and then went out for an hour or two. I came back and the process seemed to be stuck on the 10th photo of 75. I tried pausing and restarting the process, but the "thermometer" goes up to 4% or 5% on a smaller file and then hangs. Anyone else having a problem uploading tonight? Should I just try again tomorrow?
  4. I'd just pick a few that were zoomed and not sold. Partly it is my skills improving, but also the software improvements since my old ones are 10 years old now. I've reprocessed one seller but kept the original one too. I think that the new processing is better, but I'm not a buyer. They may have preferred the grittier, blown out style of the original. I have to remind myself that my biggest seller is a photo that I was about to relegate to a "less than steller" pseudo when it sold for a huge price the first time. I haven't been tempted to reprocess that image and the licenses and periodic ren
  5. I still revisit my Canon 300d 6mpix archive from time to time and with modern processing feel they are good to upload. No failures yet. But I am certainly more selective with them than I was back in 2005/6.
  6. A little closer. A lake near the old German/Irish hamlet/village of Ladysmith:
  7. It only has to be available in Canada. Thus world-wide distribution counts for Canada (and part of funds collected in the UK or Europe does find its way back to the Canadian Copyright fund). When I signed up with Access Copyright they needed a book or perhaps two that has included your work. I used google books to find them. I think that they were both American books -- one a Psych textbook, another a Fodor's travel guide. Amazon.ca sold them and it had a valid ISBN so it counted.
  8. Sorry for the slow response -- I've been off in the wilds of Quebec (well only about 90km north of Ottawa) with out running water, let alone phone or internet coverage... As I understand it, libraries, schools and Universities (until they all started opting out over the last year), contributed to the copying fund in Canada. Access Copyright is charged with getting these fees back to the content creators in a roughly fair way. Since some of the creators are from the UK or the Netherlands, etc a portion of the Canadian fund goes to these "sister" organizations, but the assumption is that s
  9. I'm a Canadian resident. In Canada copyright royalties are distributed by Access Copyright (accesscopyright.ca). They only allow Canadian citizen or a permanent resident (not residing in Quebec -- there's a separate Quebec organization) to be a member. I've been collecting from Access Copyright for at least 4 years now. It is similar to the DACS process (except that they don't accept the Alamy spreadsheet but initially require a couple real ISBNs and some proof that you've actually been published). As I understand it, DACS and other national organizations pass some of their royalties
  10. After the recent sale of one of my old (2004) shots I took another look. I was a little embarrassed by the quality especially for a calendar shot. So I improved the image substantially using Lightroom for the raw conversion. No problem with QC on the resubitted 6Mpixel image (from the original Canon Rebel). I may remove the old one since the colour, detail recovery and sky rendering is so much improved in the new shot, but perhaps the buyer liked the special look of the original upsized shot, so I'll probably leave them both. I worry more about sales than rank. Most of my sales don't even sho
  11. About 26% of my collection is of Canada. About 21% of my Alamy sales are of Canadian images.
  12. I've used a a very simplified MR form for years before Alamy posted an example. I pre-fill it out for my common models (family members). There is no thumbnail or image number, just a date and an image title or location written in. I always get a fresh signature (and thus ask permission). Seems to be OK for Alamy so far,but if they need more for a specific shot then I could get a more detailed release.
  13. Sorry for the imprecision. I just checked, its labled Diorama in the "ART" setting on (some) Olympus cameras. Probably any of the settings in that mode I would be considered digitally altered. I haven't tried those settings myself. Never had to even think about it when I was using Canon SLRs.
  14. Dull day photos are certainly my best sellers. I agree, I can't figure it out either. "Stuff" is just about right!
  15. I don't know the stats for the whole of Alamy, but for me revenue is probably 99% RM. Amost all of my images are RM. And with re-licencing over the years it has worked out very well. It probably depends on your image mix of course. I still get images licensed for a few dollars for 10 years but also some for hundreds and even thousands for only a couple of years.
  16. And I'd add if you do it in camera without the lens (using some miniture setting, for example) then it would be digitally altered. Anything beyond dust spot cloning, exposure "dodging" and "burning", contrast tweeks and minor colour balance modification and I consider the image altered.
  17. Thanks for the heads up, something to check for when things go strange. I'd rather clean the rear end of a lens than a sensor any time. Especially a sensor with anti-shake and ultrasonic cleaning. My wife knew to steer clear of me for a while when I'd decided that the Canon 5d needed a cleaning. It was always a long and somewhat frustrating experience for me. No problems so far with my Olympus mirrorless although I have seen a few artifacts that were probably dust that just didn't stick for long. Also with micro 4/3rds and great panasonic and olympus lenses I don't tend to use small
  18. I heard that a laser pointer would be a very useful accessory for helping autofocus at night. I have a series of slightly out of focus photos of the Ruins at Tulum taken by moonlight at a once-in-a-lifetime visit. So now I carry a small pointer in my bag. But I've never used it in the field. I find that now that I've basically switched to a micro four thirds kit, auto focus or, in the dark, magnified focus works perfectly. Of course the pointer is still taking up space in my now small bag and I probably will never be visiting any Mayan ruins at midnight again.
  19. I was in a situation much like you: wondering if it was just time to bite the bullet rather than going back to a APS frame camera. You might want to investigate buying from a dealer that will allow a reasonable trial period. Locally here in Ottawa, Canada most camera shops will allow a return in 2 weeks and sometimes longer. I've used this to reject a Panasonic LX-5 that I was considering as a light carry-about camera and for a 20mm Panasonic that was just too frustrating to use inside. That said though, it is pretty hard to figure out if a new system is the right system in 2 weeks, but it
  20. You know, I'm probably guilty! Even though I've always practiced the lens in/down carrying technique with my SLRs (some old hand must have mentioned it to me when I was a youth...), the lightness of the lenses with the OM-D meant that the technique didn't work as well. I was also afraid that the aftermarket hood on the 45mm which is bayonetted but rather loosely might disappear when aimed in. Once I noticed the glue failing on the eyecup I was much more careful and skipped over-the-shoulder carrying altogether. Eventually, it was further off every time the camera came out of the bag. And th
  21. Linda: I guess since I moved from a Canon 5d (classic), I never did have very good focus tracking so I didn't have great expectations. I've always had to prefocus for those bride down the asile shots. David: I asssumed that there were just more programmers optimizing the Canon/Adobe RAW code since Canon Raw files must be an order of magnitude more common. But I have to say that I'm enjoying the greater bit depth of the Oly files. There seems to be always lots of room to damp down a highlight or bring up a shadow. The Panasonic 25mm f1.4 will likely be my next addition to the EM-5. J
  22. Last year I switched from a Canon 5d to the Olympus E-M5 as my primary stock/travel camera. I've been very happy with the results. I recently sold most of my Canon glass (but not the 5d yet -- the market is much smaller for an older camera). The switch reasons were mostly weight and size, but also image stabilization and image quality. The 5d was starting to show its age (and it has always shown its dust spots :-). The Canon even with its nifty 50mm lens now seems huge in my hand. On the OMD E-M5 I shoot in the 4:3 format although I'll sometimes crop to the more familiar 3:2, but more of
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